—“Have you read Robert D. Kaplan’s “warrior politics” legitimizing the doctrine of preemptive strikes….?”—
Legitimacy is a nonsense word. It means precisely nothing. The application of military violence is not a moral but practical question. We tell weak women and men it is moral – to quiet their inner child.
As I posted earlier, both Sun Tzu, and Machiavelli wrote treatise to re-educate us to be hunters and warriors once we have fallen under the ‘moral spell’ of urban life.
I read most of Kaplan’s writings, but this one was unnecessary. It’s obvious. An attempt to educate the overly domesticated polity no longer capable of rational choice.